The Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for businesses in James City County. This list will be updated as new resources are available.
For the most up-to-date information from COVID-19 in James City County, please visit the County website.
Input Needed from Business Owners
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management Private Sector Team published a survey for the private sector to submit issues they are experiencing and offers of assistance to Virginia (donation, in-kind contribution, discounted, or contracted). That survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/1amrze.
Tourism businesses are invited to take a survey from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
The Office of Economic Development is sending out email updates on a regular basis. You may subscribe by emailing email@example.com.
Payroll Forgiveness Loans Webinar: Thursday, April 2 at 11 a.m.
This Zoom webinar will be hosted by Dustin DeVore from Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. and Ben Ellington from Chesapeake Bank.
Meeting ID 722 235 455
Small Business Resources
Small Business Administration (SBA)
COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
A disaster declaration was approved by the SBA for a number of Virginia localities including James City County. The declaration can be viewed online. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations/ Businesses can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online. https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ (Link updated March 30.) If a business does not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call SBA at 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.
SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. SBA.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Virginia SBDC has a website with a prerecorded webinar giving guidance on how to apply for EIDL.
Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (HRSBDC)
The HRSBDC has guidance on their website.
Hampton Roads Workforce Council / Greater Peninsula Workforce Board
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. The grant will support layoff aversion strategies and activities designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19. More information and application materials are available online. https://www.vcwhamptonroads.org/covid-19-update-2/ Applications are due Friday, April 3. If you have questions and are a Greater Peninsula business, please contact Diana Cordero at 757-251-8935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board’s Business Services team is working with employers to assist with their needs. If you are a business owner, employer or human resource representative who is considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, they encourage you to contact their Business Services team. They will get back to you within one business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more. Please email Steve Cook at email@example.com
Virginia Tourism has also compiled a list resources for tourism businesses.
Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association resources
The Williamsburg Tourism Council has set up a resource guide for tourism businesses on their website.
Local Chambers of Commerce and Retail Alliance
The Greater Williamsburg Business Council has a variety of resources on their website.
The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 newsletter. It can be viewed on their website.
Hampton Roads Retail Alliance
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Businesses are encouraged to join the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Private Sector Portal. This portal provides useful information to businesses in the private sector.
From the Governor of Virginia
Latest information: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates
The Governor’s Office has compiled a useful list of frequently asked questions about Executive Order Fifty-Three.
If you have business-related questions for the Commonwealth of Virginia, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Impacted Employers
- Regional workforce teams will be activated to support employers that slow or cease operations. Employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.
- The Governor authorized Rapid Response funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs.
- Governor Northam is directing all employers to follow U.S. Department of Labor guidance on workplace safety. https://bit.ly/39Zub3c
The State Corporation Commission issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Virginia Department of Taxation has information online for businesses: https://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates.
CARES Act Summary
To view a summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, please click here. The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship created this document.
Center for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued COVID-19 guidance for businesses:
Internal Revenue Service
Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
Port of Virginia
Information about the Port of Virginia is available on their website.
The Better Business Bureau has compiled information for businesses.
Virginia Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources
William & Mary - Raymond A. Mason School of Business
Need support services during COVID-19? Ask the experts! MBA students at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary are offering small business crisis services. A team of students backed by faculty and volunteers is offering support to locally owned small businesses (more than one and less than 100 employees) for free.They are offering services on a first-come, first-served rolling basis. Send an email to email@example.com.
Assistance with E-Commerce
Do you need e-commerce assistance? Check out https://offline2on.com/ for resources on how to quickly pivot your business model to online. Many resources are free at this time. Offline2On.com is a community-led, cross-platform initiative to support businesses in ramping up their e-commerce efforts in the wake of COVID-19 by connecting merchants with the resources, developers, platforms and partners they need to take action. The initiative brings together nearly 1,000 technologists, designers, writers, marketers, PR professionals, as well as industry leaders from all over the world in the e-commerce space, working with platforms such as BigCommerce, Magento and Shopify.
Last update March 31, 2:09 p.m.
James City County Office of Economic Development